TransCanada welcomes debate and discussion about the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. We would however like to provide context to the letter ("Not so many Montana jobs in the pipeline", May 4).
Keystone XL will safely transport light and heavy blends of oil from Canadian and American oil fields.
The State Department’s Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement says Montana will see an estimated 3,700 direct and induced jobs from construction of Keystone XL. As the president of North America’s Buildings Trades Unions says, these jobs are anything but trivial.
“In fact, the Empire State Building, our Interstate Highway System, the Hoover Dam, and the iconic Golden Gate Bridge were built with “temporary” jobs,” said Sean McGarvey in a May 5 letter to the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus urging support for Keystone XL. “But perhaps the most important thing our “temporary” jobs build is an American middle-class.”
Keystone XL will benefit Montana’s construction, manufacturing, real estate, transportation and warehousing, accommodations and food service sectors.
Equally important is the expected $2.1 billion in property taxes to local Montana governments expected over the operating life of the pipeline.
Finally, TransCanada is not the proprietor of the proposed pipeline project from Alberta to the West Coast referred to by the writer. However, Canada’s federal oil and gas regulator has recommended approval with conditions and said the project would be in Canada’s public interest.